Although online poker is an extremely popular past-time, and some of the graphics, at some of the sites, do give a feel to genuinely ‘being there’; the one thing that many people miss is the ‘live experience’ of watching the dealer deliver the cards, coupled with the tension and anticipation of all that it brings. However, the conception and introduction of ‘live dealer’ games has literally dealt with this matter, and brought in a whole new assemblage of players, who previously gave the online version a wide berth.
The live dealer games genuinely do have live dealers; the poker room employs a dealer who deals your hand, just as they would in a real casino. A player is able to chat with the dealer, maybe share a few experiences, perhaps even a joke – depending on how they’re doing – basically, interact just as they would normally, only do it from the comfort of their own home.
Whilst there is no reason to suspect anything underhand from online poker rooms who have automatic deals at the push of a button; there is something more reassuring, in having a real live human being deal your cards, observing the cut of the cards before your eyes – it just seems to have more believability. The dealer is not going to become your new best friend, but having the opportunity to watch them and talk with them is so much more satisfying than progressing the game with a boring click.
There is is background noise, the buzz of a real casino, plus the sounds of the authentic chips moving around the table. It all lends itself to a new and totally exhilarating experience, which is catching on at rate of knots. Not all online casinos are yet offering the live dealer option, but industry software giants Microgaming and Playtech definitely do.
William Hill Live Dealer
Amongst those casino who are up to speed with the live dealer, are the clutch who fall under the Gibraltar jurisdiction, namely: River Belle, 32Red, Betfred and William Hill. It is also available at 28 Vegas and Crazy Vegas operating out of Malta; African Palace and Golden Palace from the Netherlands Antilles and UK based Ladbrokes. All in, there are around 30 casinos who have this fantastic facility, but the number will continue to grow, as will the visitors as the word gets about.
Poker players, are a predominately social crowd, so the live dealer brings together that feeling of camaraderie; it also eases the mind of the player, making them feel more relaxed and confident in their play. They might not win, but that is acceptable to most, as they know they’ll lose now and again, but the uncertainty is removed.
The previous problems encountered with slow internet connections have been addressed, so this has enabled the development to take place after a period of frustration. The live dealer experience is so sophisticated, it has transformed online poker and taken it not just to the next level, but upwards and beyond.